Adult store in chattanooga
Chattanooga is not the only area town stumped by how to regulate businesses such as the Love Shack, which has boxes of blow-up sex dolls, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, on a back wall.
In Rome, Ga., city officials have said they can do nothing to ban The Love Library, an adult-themed novelty store that opened several months ago.
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"Courts have consistently said that they, too, enjoy First Amendment protection. Supreme Court has established what it called the "secondary effect" doctrine, that allows a city to regulate adult-themed or other businesses if their presence in a community can be shown to have a negative impact.
The store sent the city a spreadsheet stating that out of 9,487 items at the Love Shack, only 2,108 were adult themed, he said.
Signs on the outside of the store advertise DVDs and lingerie, but there is no mention of X-rated material.
Several nearby residents have complained to Chattanooga Councilman Ken Smith, who represents the area, about the store, which advertises on a large billboard above the premises and on the side of a large box truck parked out front.
"We had 20 to 30 people at a meeting and they were up in arms," Smith said.Contact reporter Steve Johnson at [email protected], 423-757-6673, on Twitter @stevejohnson TFP, or on Facebook,